We make a distinction between the following types of previous education.
Your prior qualification(s) determine...
- if there are deficiencies you have to work on;
- which variant of the pre-master's programme is for you;
- if you have to make the Academic Competences test.
Only students who have completed their bachelor degree in a related field at a Dutch institute of higher education are admitted to Leiden's premaster's programme in psychology.
We make a distinction between the following types of previous education:
|University of Applied Sciences bachelor’s degree (HBO) in Social Work and Social Services (Maatschappelijk Werk en Dienstverlening, MWD)
HBO in Education (HBO Pedagogiek)
HBO in Youth Work (Sociaal Pedagogische Hulpverlening, SPH)
HBO in Social Studies*
HBO in Applied Psychology (TP)
Academic bachelor’s degree (WO) in:
|Other HBO or WO + 60 EC of first year courses in Psychology|
Provided that Psychology forms a substantial part of the course (at least 60 EC)
Track Cognitive and Neurobiological Psychology or Track Social, Health, and Organisational Psychology
Students whose previous education is not listed above will not be admitted to Leiden’s pre-master’s programme in Psychology.
We advise students to rectify deficiencies in proficiency in English and/or mathematics before 1 May.
Because the pre-master’s programme includes many modules based around methodology and techniques/statistics, students are required to have a basic level of competence in mathematics. Students on the Psychology course must be able to work at VWO (‘pre-university education’) level. If you do not have a VWO diploma but you do have a HAVO (‘higher general secondary education’) diploma with a transcript including a pass in mathematics (based on the average of school examinations and the central written examination), this is also sufficient. If you do not have either of these, you have a deficiency and we strongly advise you to take the course in mathematics offered by the Psychology department in the period from January to April 2021.
Please note that the deadline for submitting an application for admission is 1 April. This means that you have to submit your application for admission before the course in mathematics is concluded.
For more information please contact the Mathematics Coordinator, Kim Minnebo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Several institutions in the Netherlands offer mathematics courses (such as Boswell Bèta in Utrecht). If you are considering taking a mathematics course elsewhere, to know for sure which of these courses is equivalent to the course offered by the Psychology department, you should contact the Mathematics Coordinator, Kim Minnebo, in advance: email@example.com
The pre-master’s programme gives you access to a master’s degree specialisation. Because the master’s degree programme is taught in English, students are required to have a certain level of fluency in English. Students on the Psychology course must be able to work at VWO level. If you do not have a VWO diploma but you do have a HAVO diploma with a transcript including a pass in English (based on the average of school examinations and the central written examination), this is also sufficient. If you do not have either of these, you have a deficiency.
Exception: Candidates with a foreign qualification obtained in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia are also considered to have satisfied the English requirement.
A deficiency must be rectified by passing one of these tests:
Students who hold an accredited Dutch HBO bachelor’s degree from the abovementioned list (see: Previous education) will be admitted to the Variant A pre-master programme once they have passed the Academic Competences test.
Students who hold an accredited Dutch academic bachelor’s degree (WO) from the abovementioned list (see: Previous education) provided that Psychology forms a substantial part of the course, obtained at a Dutch institute of higher education are exempt from the Academic Competences test and will be directly admitted to the Variant B pre-master programme.
Students who hold a first-year diploma in Psychology (60 EC) from an Dutch university in addition to a HBO or WO bachelor’s degree are exempt from the Academic Competences test and will be directly admitted to the Variant B pre-master programme.
Academic Competences test 2021
The candidate will have two hours to study a scientific article written in English and to answer a number of open questions relating to this article. Candidates are permitted to use a dictionary. There is no possibility to resit the test (even in the following year). Candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree from a university programme are exempt from the test. The test costs €100. Candidates who need to take the test will receive an invoice for this amount.
Friday 28th of May 2021
Time and location: to be determined